A modern Catholic church in Spain

Oct 28, 2023 | Culture, People, Videos

Many Spaniards perceive the Catholic Church as old-fashioned. But Father Ángel García Rodríguez, the priest at San Antón’s in Madrid, is working to change that. And in this documentary, you’ll get a glimpse of his efforts.
San Antón’s is likely Spain’s most unconventional church, open 24/7, with comfortable chairs instead of traditional pews, free Wi-Fi, breakfast and lunch for the needy, and live sports on TV. Father Ángel has made this house of prayer a place of community for everyone, welcoming same-sex couples, even though it contradicts Catholic teachings. Besides serving as a priest, Father Ángel has an organization for social projects, which critics claim are profit-oriented and relieve the Spanish state of its obligations to the poor. Nonetheless, his initiatives are in high demand, making him one of the most debated figures in Catholicism. Join Father Ángel in this documentary and discover a church that celebrates acceptance, inclusivity, and—above all—community.

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